Plot: What’s it about?
Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) is about to graduate from high school as valedictorian, with a bright future ahead and limitless potential. But his high school days weren’t memorable and he has some regrets, especially one that involves the girl of his dreams, Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere). So when he stands up in front of the entire school to give his valedictorian speech, he decides to erase those regrets and make his feelings known. He spills his guts in front of the world, telling his classmates how he really feels about them, including his love for Beth Cooper. This sets in motion a chain of events that has Denis hiding from Beth’s ex, but also spending some time with Beth herself. The unlikely duo embark on a night of madness, with one twist after another, all of which seem to leave Denis in pain of some kind. But now that he has gotten close to Beth, will the real life Beth Cooper be able to live up to the Beth Cooper in his mind?
I admit it, the sole reason I watched this movie was because I heard Hayden Panettiere was naked in it. So let me help those of you with similar thoughts, she is naked, but you see none of the goods. I wouldn’t waste 102 minutes to see side-boob, if even it does belong to Hayden. As beautiful as she is, she lacks the power to save I Love You, Beth Cooper. This is one bad joke after another, with no real laughs to be found. A chain of stolen segments from better movies, this never tries to break new ground or even be good, it just hopes pratfalls and movie references will be enough. I know Chris Columbus is a schmaltz server and all, but even he should do better than this. And poor Hayden, all dressed up and no decent role. I Love You, Beth Cooper is simply a mess and with so many better options, this one is left untouched.
Video: How does it look?
I Love You, Beth Cooper is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a great transfer, with remarkable detail and no glaring faults to mention. The depth is a substantial improvement over the DVD, even if it isn’t eye popping, per se. Even so, detail is strong and softness rarely creeps in. No issues with colors, as hues seem natural and warm, while contrast is stark and never wavers in the least. So a very impressive transfer, even if it doesn’t reach elite level status.
Audio: How does it sound?
The DTS HD 5.1 option provides a more active soundtrack than expected. The bulk of the surround presence comes from the musical soundtrack, which is loud and well handled. But a few scenes do have some decent power, so this is more lively than your usual teen comedy, in terms of audio presence. You won’t be floored by any means, but it sounds quite good. No issues with vocals, so you won’t miss a single groan inducing line. This disc also includes Spanish, French, and Portuguese language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Cantonese.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes an alternate end sequence, some deleted scenes, and a collection of brief promotional featurettes.